Middlesbrough’s Tony Mowbray hails team and backroom staff

Tony Mowbray.
Tony Mowbray.
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Tony Mowbray is celebrating after being named npower Championship Manager of the Month – but insists the award is testament to the work his staff do behind the scenes.

The Boro boss was up against Millwall’s Kenny Jacket and Nottingham Forest’s Sean O’Driscoll for the October award.

But the Boro boss was rewarded for his teams’ fine form after they won five and drew one of their six matches.

Mowbray believes the award is down to everyone at the club.

“It’s a recognition of the whole club, not just for me, the players and the coaching staff, but also Avril, who empties the bins and cleans my desk, and Darkey who put the kits out each and every morning,” Mowbray said.

“If they don’t do their jobs properly the players will moan and I’ll end up arguing with them.

“But instead everything just works – the players go in at lunchtime and the food’s ready, you go to have a cup of tea and the cups are there clean for you.

“You can create a feelgood factor in your club right through every level.

“Manager of the month awards are really a reflection that something is happening in you club for that period of time.

“I help pick the team with my coaching staff, but it’s a huge team effort every single week to try to win football matches. Everybody behind the scenes is working to make it a happy camp.”

Middlesbrough began the month with a draw at home with Derby County, before away wins at Watford and Brighton.

They then went onto beat Hull City and Bolton at home, before defeating Sunderland away in the Capital One Cup.

Mowbray – who has won the award twice before with Boro in September and December 2011 – says a manager must have a number of qualities in order to be successful.

“A football manager isn’t made in a factory,” he said. “He’s just a guy who lives his life by certain standards and takes them into his workplace every day.

“You need to have a consistency and fairness about how you run your club and not show favouritism.

“If you do that and you have to leave a player out of the team, he understands that you’ve done it for the right reasons.”